REthink Update!

 

 e want to know what you are thinking about REthink- so please fill out this anonymous questionnaire to help make REthink even better next year! (Survey).

Here are some of the upcoming REthink events!

Athletics Litter Clean-up (May 1st)

UW-athletics is partnering with REthink to help us clean up campus.  From 12pm-3pm over 30 athletes and the REthink Crew + Friends will compete as teams to see who can clean up the most trash.  Interesting in learning more about what it takes to be an athlete on campus?  Interested in cleaning up our lovely Earth?  This event is for you!  All bags and gloves will be provided.  It is not necessary to stay for the whole event, but it will be fun, so we know you will want to!  Meet us by the student gate of Camp Randall.

Take A Stake Drain Labeling (May 7th)

The Student Sierra Coalition is planning to get a group together to do storm drain marking near the UW hospitals from 11am-1pm on Saturday, May 7th.  Teams of 3 will go around gluing the placards onto drains that haven’t been marked. This is with the Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds and their “Take a Stake in Our Waters” campaign. Email emcameron2@wisc.edu if you are interested in helping.

Moving Days (May 7th-13th)

Housing move helps us divert tons waste every year.  Become a recycling volunteer and be a part of the team here!

Tar Sands Protest (May 14th-15th) 

It is time to strap those activism shoes on with this exciting event!  350, the Student Sierra Coalition and REthink are partnering to send students to a protest at Chicago refinery.  The day will be full of activities and is expected to draw out thousands of protesters.  Details on buses, food and housing for the trip will be available soon and will likely be free or of little cost to interested students.  Learn more about the project here.

Tell Governor Walker to Sign Recycling Bill

Recycling programs were cut $4 billion in the state’s budge, but if we can encourage Walker to sign the recycling bill that was passed by bi-partisan vote last month, Wisconsin recycling programs will receive $3 million. Help Wisco to keep items out of the landfill by visiting this page

Earth Week (Past)

This year’s Earth Week was a huge success!  We are so thankful for the support we had from many local organization and other leaders on campus.  We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Precious Plastic (Just Check This out)

Check out this cool website affordable machines that modify plastic. Learn how you could turn waste into value!  http://preciousplastic.com/en/

Edible Landscapes: 

Edible Landscapes is in seek of a website and social media student to keep the movement going with Edible Landscapes. This individual would work with several different orgs including FH King, Greenhouse Learning Community, and the Horticulture Society. Additionally, several buildings are involved and campus communication may be key to progress.  Please reach out to REthink and we will get you in touch with Aida the lead for the Edible Landscapes Project.

REthink Elections

To apply:

Positions with REthink are a great way to get more involved, no matter how long you have been with our group!  So if you are dedicated to sustainable waste management, want to spiff up your resume, and want leadership experience, please consider applying for the open positions below!

If you are interested in one of the positions listed, please email what position you are interested in and a few sentences on why you would be a good fit, to the REthink account (rethinkwi@gmail.com).

Leadership Positions:

Co-Chairs: Filled by Clare Schober and Sanober Mirza

Secretary: Record minutes/send weekly emails and field emails from the community and other organizations on campus. OPEN

Communications Chair: Filled by Josie Pivec

Accountant: Filled by Katey Burkhart

Campaign Positions:

Athletics Recycling: Help organize and gather volunteers for athletic events. OPEN

Farm Mobs: Contact local farmers and help set up days/transportation for REthinkers to get their hands dirty. Update website when needed. OPEN

Teaching Waste Management: Contact local schools and nursing homes to set up activities that teach reusing, reducing and recycling- or teach students on campus how to compost, etc. OPEN

Bottle Free Badgers:  Filled by Hannah Hart

Energy: There is a lot of waste related to our energy consumption.  This campaign will work to encourage better practices and campus/work closely with 350 and the Sierra Club on tar sands issues. OPEN

Job or Internship Opportunities for the Summer:

Grape Research and Extension Internship ($10/hr)

The intern will be responsible for general vineyard maintenance, scouting for insects and diseases, and performing fruit quality analysis at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station’s vineyard. The intern will scout the vineyard weekly and will identify and document the presence of pests. The intern will prepare biweekly reports with photographs of timely observations of pests and grape phenological stages in the vineyard to be used in Extension newsletters for educational programing. The intern will also be expected to help with the research projects taking place at the vineyards, in particular with weekly sampling of fruit for quality parameters and performing the associated laboratory analysis. The intern will work with the UW-Extension Door County Agriculture Agent to provide educational programming to the commercial grape growers in Door and Kewaunee Counties and the Door and Kewaunee County Master Gardeners. If interested contact Abby ASAP at anlois@wisc.edu

Slow Food is Hiring

There are 26 spots open (16 in our South Madison project)! Internship descriptions and applications right here!!

Work with Live Free Student Wellness and Recovery

Live Free is a UW-Madison student organization that confronts addiction through education, outreach, and access to recovery resources.  We Are Hiring Now! Advocates of recovery, believers in collective resilience and holistic wellness…We look forward to collaborating with you!   APPLY BY MAY 1
-Community Outreach Chair (10hrs/week, $10.50/hour)
Description @ https://jobcenter.wisc.edu/jobs/detail/36810

-Public Relations Chair (10hrs/week, $10.50/hour)
Description @ https://jobcenter.wisc.edu/jobs/detail/36812

-Event Coordinator (10hrs/week, $10.50/hour)
Description @ https://jobcenter.wisc.edu/jobs/detail/36811

Check out the listings by searching ‘Live Free’ in the ‘Communications’ section of the student job center at this link – https://jobcenter.wisc.edu/jobs/search.

Field and Lab Assistant for UW-Madison Horticulture

The Goldman lab, in the Horticulture Department, is looking to hire two students for the summer and potentially to continue on in the fall semester. Application through the student job center here.

Slow Food Market Basket Biker

We are piloting a project around food access and sustainability. Over the summer, we will be riding bikes with trailers full of market baskets (bags of local produce) around Madison to different community centers. Our goal is to increase access to healthy food across the city, especially for individuals who don’t have the means to get to a grocery store on a consistent basis.  We are looking for bikers who can help us test our routes, our bikes, and give us feedback. Please please please consider being part of the project.

The test dates are:
Friday, 4/15/16, 12 – 3 pm with rain date Saturday, 4/16/16 12PM – 3PM
Friday, 4/22/16, 12 – 3 pm with rain date Saturday, 4/23/16 12PM – 3PM
Friday, 4/29/16 12 – 3 pm with rain date Saturday, 4/30/16 12PM – 3PM

Let me know if you are interested in testing out our bikes during one or all of these dates.  Your help is much appreciated!!  Contact: mtschnell@wisc.edu

Weekly Update

Welcome back REthinkers! Hope we all had a great break and are ready to finish the semester off strong. Below are this week’s updates:

World Water Celebration (March 29th and 30th)

Every year the United Nations designates a day as World Water Day. What better school to celebrate this day than UW-Madison, located between two lakes? Come see speakers and presentations about a variety of Wisconsin and Dane County water topics. This year’s celebration is twice the fun as it spans two days. See below for information about both events! This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday at 7:00pm:
Go to Union South (TITU) to hear Professor John Magnuson speak on how Climate Change will effect Wiscons lakes, including the freezing time of our own Lake Mendota.

Wednesday at 7:00pm:
Go to Union South (TITU) to see a series of 10-minute presentations from exceptional Wisconsin water experts

Climate Change Symposium (March 31st and April 1st)

Want to know more about the science of climate change and how it will affect Wisconsin or your life?  This symposium is a great place to start!  This year’s symposium will feature multiple distinguished lecturers from our university and school’s around the country.  See the Nelson Institute’s website for details on each speaker, time and location: here  

REthink Spring Stuff Swap (April 1)

It is time for our second stuff swap of the year.  This is the perfect place to get that new spring look, and to donate last years!  The event will run from 2-5pm and we will need REthink members for volunteer shifts from 1:30-5:30 for setup and clean up.  Please share our event and invite your friends, so we can get the word out to as many people as possible.  Click here for the event page and spread the love.

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE

Many historical environmental actions were signed into law because voters deeply cared about environmental ideals.  Now in the face of climate change and a divided national congress/state legislature, voting is more important than ever before.   Your vote is especially crucial in local and state-wide elections where fewer voters head to the polls-  and considering Wisconsin has recently cut funding to the DNR, banned talk of climate change on the floor, etc. and new proposed legislation is threatening Wisconsin groundwater and wetlands… This is your chance to have a say in what happens to the Wisconsin environment.  Your ballot on April 5th is more than just a presidential primary,  take the time to learn about your candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, school district and judge positions before you hit the booths!  From out of state? No problem, see info here about how to get a voter ID on campus: https://vote.wisc.edu/   So grab a friend, your family, or your latest fling and please take the time on April 5th to get out to the polls- because your voice does matter!

Earth Week (April 16-24th)

Start freeing up your calendars because this year’s Earth Week is going to be bigger and include more organizations than ever before!  We are currently working on putting together the complete schedule  to share with the public, but events range from speakers, to compost parties and more.  So tell your friends, your coworkers, and even your mother, because it is time to get excited people!

Social 

After all this hard work, we deserve a celebration.  Another potluck bonfire on picnic point is in the works. Stay tuned for a doodle poll to pick a day that you would like to socialize with us!

Weekly Update!

Hey folks,

We are almost at spring break! Hang in there REthinkers. Here are the minutes from our last meeting:

There will be no meeting next week over spring break.  However, please take the time to read the updates below- because there is a lot coming up as soon as we get back!

World Water Celebration (March 29th and 30th)

Every year the United Nations designates a day as World Water Day. What better school to celebrate this day than UW-Madison, located between two lakes? Come see speakers and presentations about a variety of Wisconsin and Dane County water topics. This year’s celebration is twice the fun as it spans two days. See below for information about both events! This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday at 7:00pm:
Go to Union South (TITU) to hear Professor John Magnuson speak on how Climate Change will effect Wisconsin lakes, including the freezing time of our own Lake Mendota.

Wednesday at 7:00pm:
Go to Union South (TITU) to see a series of 10-minute presentations from exceptional Wisconsin water experts

Climate Change Symposium (March 31st and April 1st)

Want to know more about the science of climate change and how it will affect Wisconsin or your life?  This symposium is a great place to start!  This year’s symposium will feature multiple distinguished lecturers from our university and school’s around the country.  See the Nelson Institute’s website for details on each speaker, time and location: here 

REthink Spring Stuff Swap (April 1)

It is time for our second stuff swap of the year.  This is the perfect place to get that new spring look, and to donate last years!  The event will run from 2-5pm and we will need REthink members for volunteer shifts from 1:30-5:30 for setup and clean up.  Please share our event and invite your friends, so we can get the word out to as many people as possible.  Click here for the event page and spread the love.

Why vote (STAY TUNED)

We are currently working on contacting speakers from the environmental studies, gender women studies, and the multicultural learning center.   If we can get this event on it’s feet in time for the primaries, these speakers will be briefly highlighting how issues that are important in our everyday lives can be taken to the polls and the historical significance of voter beliefs.  We will be also inviting campus organizations from all political standpoints  to table about how their candidate may align with these ideals, and be handing out information about how to get registered and obtain a UW voting identification card.

Earth Week (April 16-24th)

Start freeing up your calendars because this year’s Earth Week is going to be bigger and include more organizations than ever before!  We are currently working on putting together the complete schedule  to share with the public, but events range from speakers, to compost parties and more.  So tell your friends, your coworkers, and even your mother, because it is time to get excited people!

Social

After all this hard work, we deserve a celebration.  Another potluck bonfire on picnic point is in the works. Stay tuned for a doodle poll to pick a day that you would like to socialize with us!

Weekly Update

 

Hi REthinkers! Here is our weekly update from Tuesday’s meeting.

REthink T-Shirts for sale

REthink T-shirts are made from soft organic materials with the logo below and for only $15 this shirt can become the ultimate new addition to your wardrobe!  Please email anlois@wisc.edu with you size and pick it up at our next meeting!

REprinting Stickers

We would like to print new stickers to hand out for people to place on their favorite water bottle or reusable mug after signing our pledge.  But we are having trouble finding a printing place that will provide highly waterproof stickers that won’t peel or flake on bottles.  Does anyone know of a quality sticker printer? Email Abby or Aaron if you do.

Spring Trash Pickup

With the snow melting away, all the winter’s trash is clear as day.  Help us clean up our city and keep unwanted material from blowing into the lake.  The weather forecast is in the fifties all next week, so we will meet at 11am next Saturday (March 12th) on the steps of Science Hall.

Earth Week Bash (Friday April, 22nd from 11pm-1pm)

Environmental organizations from all around campus will be present to share what they are doing, with all sorts of fun and sustainable activities. REthink will be providing seeds and toilet paper rolls for sustainable planters and craft supplies for decorating a compost bucket. We will also be hosting a photo contest (stay tuned for details). Make sure to save the date and let us know if you would like to host and Earth related event or have  any ideas for Earth Week.

Stuff Swap, Spring Cleaning: Friday April 1st from 2-5

This is a perfect opportunity to get all that old stuff lying in the back of your closet cleaned out and given a new home!  The stuff swap is a no money trading event in which you swap your unwanted items for super cool new gear.  Considering our last stuff swap received such a great student body response, we are thinking about hosting it in a bigger space on campus.  If anyone is interested in helping get the event fully planned and on its feet, please contact Abby or Aaron.  We can use any help we can get!

Why Vote?

In the spirit of the primaries, REthink will be hosting an event on how voting can be crucial to the environment and other areas of our lives such as social justice.  We are looking to partner with some other organizations under the united theme, so let us know if you have any great ideas for partnering organizations!

WE CONSERVE is hiring!

WE CONSERVE has immediate opening for student intern positions. The position is paid, and would start within the next two weeks and have a great chance of continuing into summer full time (35-40 hours a week). WE CONSERVE is looking for committed students interested in waste reduction and creating and implementing new projects in regards to sustainability around campus and in the Madison community. Please email a resume and a short writeup of why you’re interested in WE CONSERVE to Aaron (aconradt@wisc.edu) by this Friday, March 4th by 12pm (noon) sharp. Aaron can also answer any questions you have about the position.

Weekly Update!

Hi to all REthinkers!

For those who did not hear, our meeting time has changed to Tuesdays at 7 PM to accommodate more members.

Here are some recent updates:

The Greenfund

It’s official!  REthink is pleased to say that a couple if its greenfund proposals successfully attained funding.  Click here to read the story from the Daily Cardinal.

Sustainability: Back to Basics

Spring into Sustainability: Back to Basics

F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture will be hosting an event about how to bring sustainability into your life.  Aaron will also be speaking at the event, so up to show  off your REthink spirit! The link to the Facebook event is here.

Purdue Sustainability Summit

If you haven’t heard, Purdue University is trying to recruit student sustainability representatives from all over the Midwest to come together.  However if you were planning on attending this spring,  the event is now postponed from April 2nd to October 22nd, 2016.

Sustainability Editorial

The Daily Cardinal and Badger Herald have contacted our crew to write a piece about sustainability.  The opportunity is open ended and anyone in our organization can write a piece.  If you are interested, just send me Aaron or Abby your piece or bring it to our next meeting and we will make sure it gets into the right hands.  This is a great opportunity to get your ideas published and reach a large amount of the student body!

Limit Global Warming Lecture

This great talk goes into detail about the changes developed and developing countries will have to make to hit the targets articulated in the Paris Agreement.  Learn more about what our future might hold this Friday, Feb. 26th at 1:30pm in the AOSS building room 811.

Power through this midterm season!

Weekly Update and Job Opportunities!

Thank you to all who came out for our Spring Kickoff Meeting!

We are trying to choose the best meeting time for members, so please fill out the doodle poll here.

Also check out the Job Opportunities below for the spring and summer:

Ecology Job Fair for Undergraduates:  Are you looking for an ecology-related job for the summer? Go to the 9th annual Wisconsin Ecology Undergraduate Job Fair to meet representatives from environmental non-profits, ecology-based departments and labs, and local green businesses! Click here for more information.

Date: Thursday, February 25th

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Birge Hall Atrium

Fund for Public Interest: (Graduating Seniors Only)

The Fund for Public Interest is a national non-profit that partners with leading public and environmental interest groups to make a real difference on issues ranging from getting big money out of politics, to reducing global warming pollution. They are currently hiring, and are looking for graduating seniors to take on the Citizens Outreach Director positions. The directors are basically in charge of a group that focuses on one campaign, whether it be for the environment, politics, etc. E-mail  loebs@wisc.edu and tell her you heard about the opportunity through REthink if you are interested.

UW Health Sustainability Internship: 

https://uwhealth.taleo.net/careersection/uwh_cs_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=1600209L

Cool Choices: a nonprofit that uses games to inspire sustainable practices.  Openings here: https://coolchoices.com/about-us/employment/

Vitruvian Farms Internship: If you’re all about sustainable, organic, and local agriculture, you’ll want to check out this internship opportunity and what the owners Tommy, Shawn, and Craig have done with the place, which is only 15 minutes south of Madison.   Most of their produce is sold within 15 miles of the farm!  Great people, wonderful produce featured at some of Madison’s best restaurants (Merchant, Graze, Sardine, L’Etoile, Graft, etc.), and growing like crazy–it’s an exciting time to become involved! Click here if you’re interested in the internship and gaining some incredible experience this summer in the local food movement.  Applications are due March 15th.

Voss Organics: Is looking for some motivated part-time (mostly weekends) greenhouse help beginning in mid March and lasting into May. Located 15 minutes by bike from campus, just north of Warner Park Looking for some consistent part-time availability on the weekend from mid March to late May. Beginning with greenhouse work including: mixing soil, filling pots, planting seeds, potting up, labeling. Continuing with field work including: bed preparation, transplanting, mulching, watering. Some limited summer hours available if interested

Here is a short video produced by the Dane County Farmers Market that features my farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rU_ep4CRsI

Email: vossorganics@gmail.com     if interested.

Internships Abroad:

Finca Mono Verde
(organic farm in Tabuga, Ecuador) is looking for a summer or fall intern to assist with a variety of agricultural and business projects. For more information, visit our postings for summer or fall.

Earth Partnership (environmental program in the UW Arboretum and Latin America) is looking for 2 fall interns, one in the Dominican Republic and one in Nicaragua to help with environmental education projects. Airfare, housing and food is covered for the internship in the Dominican Republic! For more information, visit our postings for the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

BIOFarm (organic farm near Shanghai, China) is looking for a summer or fall intern to assist with projects on the farm as well as outreach events. Housing and meals included! For more information, visit our postings for summer or fall.

Not a fit for these internships? Summer and fall internships through IIP all have deadlines coming up this month (most February 21) http://internships.international.wisc.edu/internships/database/
The deadline to apply is for international internships is February 21st.

REthink Spring Semester Kickoff

Hey REthinkers and interested students!

We are having our Spring kickoff meeting next Wednesday (Feb. 17th) in L155 of the Education Building at 7 PM. Come to find out more about what we do to improve sustainability on campus and meet some awesome people while you’re at it!